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Manchin May Be Handing EPA The Ability To Circumvent SCOTUS, Throttle The Coal Industry

Jack McEvoy
August 01, 2022 12:44 PM ET
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The new reconciliation bill backed by Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia contains funding provisions that could allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work around the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that reduced the agency’s ability to regulate emissions from coal plants.

The economic package will make $45 million available to the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases that come from major emitting facilities and stationary sources as part of the Clean Air Act, according to the bill. Such provisions could allow the EPA to circumvent the court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, allowing the federal agency to regulate CO2 emissions from coal plants.

“Manchin got suckered,” Steve Milloy, founder of and member of former President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is not helping West Virginia, none of it is,” he said in reference to the bill’s provisions.

“This bill provides money to the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases and the authorization is implied,” Milloy said. “The allowing of backdoor regulation is very worrisome.”

Despite the bill’s support for EPA regulations on coal, a major industry in West Virginia, Manchin defended his support for the package in a Wednesday press release.

“The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 addresses our nation’s energy and climate crisis,” Manchin said.

West Virginia is the nation’s second-largest producer of coal, accounting for 13% of the nation’s total coal output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal mining also supported close to 27,000 jobs in the state and was responsible for $2.1 billion in employee wages in 2019, according to a West Virginia University study.

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The EPA is told they can't regulate something by SCOTUS then the EPA get some money and says yes we can regulate now.

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"May be?"    Literally laughing my ass off.

It's by design, and Manchin is in on it, as he always is.  McConnell was a freaking retard if he thought he could negotiate with Democrats.
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He cares not for his coal miner constituents.

But they continue to vote him in
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